Dream Doors Stoke achieves a record-breaking monthly turnover of more than £222,000

November 16, 2020

A family-run Dream Doors franchise for Stoke has achieved the highest monthly turnover for a showroom of £222,566, setting a new company record for the kitchen makeover brand.

 
Allan James, a former engineer and the Dream Doors franchisee, employs five members of his family, sons Glyn (showroom manager) and Martin (a fitter) and his nephew Kelvin Fradley (sales director), along with Fradley’s daughter Joy Fell (showroom administrator) and James’ nephew by marriage Richard Ridgeway (a fitter).

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Commenting on their achievement, Fradley said: “When you get a good month like September there are a number of factors involved, which always includes a bit of luck, but there’s no magic button to push. We do the same things week in and week out and you just have some weeks where it really clicks into place – we just happen to have had three or four weeks like that in a row.

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“It’s all a team effort and I’m of the belief that there’s no such thing as a duff lead; if it’s potentially an order for £600 or £6,000, it doesn’t matter, because you never know what that sale will turn into until you go and talk to the customer. I think being a family business is our biggest strength and we do our best to support each other.”

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The previous record for the highest monthly turnover in the Dream Doors network was £213,000 achieved by its Oxford showroom in June 2014. Dream Doors is looking for more franchisees to join its network and has some territories available particularly in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland.

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Retired police officer’s roadmap to success with Dream Doors

October 14, 2020

Husband and wife team Jon and Hilary Brown, a retired police officer and dental hygienist respectively, found their roadmap to business success by joining the kitchen makeover company, Dream Doors.

 
The couple who launched their kitchen showroom in West Nottingham after Jon retired from his role with Leicestershire Police, share their experience, as Jon explains: “I’m very lucky to have achieved everything I wanted to achieve in the service and I was able to retire after serving for 30 years.

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“But the simple fact was that at 48 years old I was too young not to do something else. I had always done a lot of building renovation work in the past and I knew when I was retiring that was what I was going to do in my next role.

“I wanted to run a business where the offering was unique, and I kept coming back to this core idea of kitchen refurbishment work.

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“Hilary and I spent a lot of time looking at different franchises but we chose Dream Doors for the reason that you don’t buy into a business’s immediate success; you buy a roadmap and the tools you need to get you there.

“I felt Dream Doors offered the best roadmap and that was very appealing. Hilary and I wanted to do something for ourselves and we wanted to build a business that was financially successful. We’re not just selling kitchens; we’re solving kitchen problems.”

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Hilary, who was a dental hygienist for 30 years before joining the franchise, said: “For me joining Dream Doors helped us to get the home/work balance right. We’ve been following the business model religiously and we’ve really reaped the rewards of that.”

Dream Doors replaces kitchen doors, drawers and worktops to breathe new life into tired kitchens, as well as offering full kitchen refits. The company is currently looking to recruit further franchisees for its remaining UK territories.

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Dream Doors Worcester team win franchise award

December 10, 2019

KITCHEN makeover specialists David and Kate Howle, who run Dream Doors Worcester, have been recognised for their outstanding work.

 
David and Kate were named Dream Doors’ Franchisee of the Year at the company’s recent annual conference.

David said: ‘We were really surprised and honoured to have won this award.

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“Everybody in our almost 100-strong national network of showrooms has done fantastic work in 2019, so to be recognised in the midst of such talent feels very special.”

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Kate added: “Dream Doors Worcester can reface your kitchen or fitted bedroom furniture and make it look brand new for a fraction of the cost of a full refit.

“Using our own local skilled fitters and top quality British made materials, wherever possible.

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“We have completed over 250 projects in 2019 and achieved a Checkatrade score of 9.8 out of 10.”

Source: Malvern Gazette

Kitchen renovation company signs up for former carpet showroom

October 31, 2019

A kitchen renovation company has signed up as tenant for a 1,162 sq ft former carpet showroom in Newport. Nicholas and Catherine Bexter, have opened up a franchise of Dream Doors.

 
Nicholas Bexter was previously a kitchen fitter and was keen to turn his passion into a business with his wife Catherine, who specialises in design.

M4 Property Consultants completed the lease of the building to Nicholas and Catherine.

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Dan Smith, director of the commercial property agents, said: “The prominent location and layout of the building is ideal for a showroom. We received a good level of interest but choose Nicholas and Catherine who have a clear business plan and are backed by a national company who are expanding rapidly across the UK. We are delighted they have chosen this unit and wish the business every success.”

Catherine Bexter added: “Dream Doors Newport is a family run business and we intend to run it with great care and compassion for our customers personal needs.

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“The kitchen is the heart of every home. I love that we can do as little or as much as the customer would like and if they choose to have a makeover, they don’t even have to empty there cupboards.

“For me personally it was also a chance to be closer to my own family and come home to Wales where I was raised. We were delighted when we were offered Newport. We are really passionate about investing long term.

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“With our local experienced team and high levels of personal service, Nick and I will project manage the whole process from start to finish, priding ourselves on taking the stress out of the process for the customer.”

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Dream Doors franchise expands in Telford and Wrekin

August 14, 2019

Kitchen facelift experts Dream Doors will be opening a Shropshire showroom in Wellington with the help of a £10,000 High Street Grant from Telford & Wrekin Council.

The makeover company specialises in kitchens and bedrooms and prides itself on providing a personal, friendly service that focusses on customer satisfaction.

 
Since its foundation in 1999, the enterprise has expanded and now has over 90 independently owned showrooms across the UK.

The Wellington showroom will be headed up by local businessman Chris Nowell who is looking forward to opening up at 8-10 Church Street.

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Chris said: “I always wanted my own business and Dream Doors has given me the opportunity to combine the reassurance of an established national brand along with the personal approach of my own business which I see as being part of the local community.

“I’ve got a busy few weeks ahead, but hope to open in August. As well as introducing a specialist showroom to the region, I will also be creating some new jobs. It’s an exciting time and I am very grateful to the council for their support.”

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The incentive grants are one of the many ways the Council is supporting businesses and rejuvenating high streets as part of its Pride in Our Community High Street initiative.

Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for finance, commercial services and economic development, said: “I am delighted to see yet another enterprise opening up in Wellington with the help of one of our business grants.

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The grants really are making a difference, and helping people to realise their dreams, creating jobs and boosting the local economy.”

Source: Shropshire Live

Neighborly adds Dream Doors to its home service brands

April 7, 2019

Neighborly, one of the world’s largest companies of home service brands has announced the acquisition of the UK franchise, Dream Doors.

The first acquisition this year for Neighborly now brings its total number of service brands to 22 with nearly 3,700 franchisees and over 850 colleagues across nine countries.

The Dream Doors deal includes 91 locally-owned and operated franchise showrooms located across the UK, which specialise in fully-fitted kitchen makeovers, replacement doors and countertops and the installation of new appliances.

Mike Bidwell, president and chief executive of Neighborly, said: “Dream Doors has delivered on its promise of ‘new life for old kitchens and bedrooms’ for the past 20 years, making the brand a perfect complement to Neighborly Brands’ community of premium home services.

“This brand furthers our expertise for Neighborly in today’s home improvement industry and accelerates the franchise’s growth of in-demand home services throughout the UK.”

Jeff Meyers, vice-president of international operations for Neighborly, commented: “The successful acquisition of this value-add new brand builds on our position as a UK leader in the services, helping people to repair, maintain and enhance their homes and businesses.

“We are always looking to strengthen and grow our portfolio of brands in the UK and Europe and establish new strategic partnerships to help us maximise the breadth and value of our franchise opportunities. We are really excited to have Dream Doors on board and welcome them to our neighbourhood.”

Awards pedigree
Dream Doors, based in Portsmouth, Hampshire, was founded on providing kitchen makeovers and expanded to offer custom wardrobes. As a result of its proven business model and innovations, the company has received numerous franchise accolades and awards for excellent service and satisfaction over the years.

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The awards include winning the Best Franchisee Marketing Support title three times in the Franchise Marketing Awards organised by the Venture Marketing Group and winning the Best Kitchen Supplier and Best Money Saving Product in the inaugural Express Home and Living Awards 2017 organised by the Daily Express newspaper.

Troy Tappenden, Dream Doors founder and chairman who established the business in 1999, will step down and depart from the company. Philip Carr, Dream Doors managing director, who has been instrumental in implementing the brand’s long-term expansion strategy since 2017 will continue to oversee the network.

Carr said: “By joining the world’s largest franchisor of home services, Dream Doors will gain new vendor relationships, a powerful peer group of other Neighborly service brands and more. Supported by Neighborly’s expertise moving forward, I look forward to this new phase of growth for our brand.”

In the UK Neighborly now operates six brands, Aire Serv, Bright & Beautiful, Countrywide Grounds Maintenance, Drain Doctor, Mr. Electric and Dream Doors, and has three support offices in Banbury, Manchester and Portsmouth.

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Neighborly Acquires the U.K.’s Dream Doors, Its 22nd Service Brand

March 15, 2019

Neighborly, formerly Dwyer Group, has been on a buying spree since being acquired in mid-2018 by Harvest Partners, a New York-based private equity firm.

The latest acquisition is Dream Doors, which has 91 locally owned and operated franchise showrooms in the U.K. Dream Doors specializes in fully fitted kitchen makeovers, bedroom wardrobes, replacement doors and countertops, and installing new appliances.

The acquisition brings Neighborly’s brands to a total of 8 brands and four campuses based in Europe. Globally, the deal increases the number of Neighborly’s brands to 22, with $2 billion in annual system-wide revenue and nearly 3,700 franchisees.

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“Dream Doors has delivered on its promise of ‘new life for old kitchens and bedrooms’ for the past 20 years, making the brand a perfect complement to Neighborly Brands’ community of premium home services,” said Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of Neighborly in a press release.

Based in Portsmouth in the south of England, Dream Doors was founded to provide kitchen makeovers, and expanded to offer custom wardrobes in bedrooms. Following the acquisition, founder and Chairman Troy Tappenden will be stepping down and departing the company. Dream Doors will continue to be overseen by Managing Director Philip Carr, who has been instrumental in implementing the brand’s long-term expansion strategy since 2017.

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US firm cuts deal for kitchen makeover franchise group

March 3, 2019

A premium kitchen makeover and bedroom wardrobe franchiser with more than 90 showrooms across the UK has been acquired by US-headquartered Neighborly.

Dream Doors was founded on providing kitchen makeovers and recently expanded to offer custom wardrobes in bedrooms.

Founder and chairman Troy Tappenden will be stepping down and departing from the company. The Dream Doors network will continue to be overseen by managing director Philip Carr who has been instrumental in implementing the brand’s long-term expansion strategy since 2017.

The deal includes 91 locally-owned and operated franchise showrooms of Dream Doors across the UK.

The acquisition is Neighborly’s first of 2019 and means the business now has a total of 22 service brands, nearly 3,700 franchise owners and more than 850 associates across nine countries.

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“By joining the world’s largest franchisor of home services, Dream Doors will gain new vendor relationships, a powerful peer group of other Neighborly service brands and more,” said Dream Doors’ Philip Carr. “Supported by Neighborly’s expertise moving forward, I look forward to this new phase of growth for our brand.”

Mike Bidwell, president and chief executive of Neighborly added: “Dream Doors has delivered on its promise of ‘new life for old kitchens and bedrooms’ for the past 20 years, making the brand a perfect complement to Neighborly Brands’ community of premium home services.”

Dream Doors is headquartered in Portsmouth.

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Dream Doors franchisees achieve impressive results

February 7, 2019

Dream Doors, the UK’s No. 1 kitchen makeover company, is set to have its best year ever, with a projected annual turnover of £50m and a new product range going on sale.

Newcomers to the business in 2019 will have the potential to earn a six-figure salary quickly, and benefit from joining one of the nation’s leading home-improvement brands.

Last year, Dream Doors’ franchisees generated over £44million in sales – making it a record year for the company and a strong foundation for future growth.

Part of that growth will come from Dream Doors’ brand new range of bedroom furniture, which is being promoted on a dedicated new website and provides increased earning potential.

For most people, that potential to make great money is the main draw of franchising. So, what can Dream Doors offer you?

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High earners
Among the highest earners in the network in 2018 were Angela and Clive Coldwell of Poole, who generated over £1.3m in sales.

Clive said the Dream Doors model has proved to be ‘far more lucrative’ than either he or his wife ever imagined. He added: “When you buy into a Dream Doors franchise, you buy into the knowledge and expertise that comes with it.

“Most franchises are about being a one-man band with a van – that’s not what we wanted. We wanted to grow more than that.

“Dream Doors struck us as one that we could grow the most with and achieve the most with.”

Clive and Angela’s business certainly has grown, with them making over £8million worth of sales since their showroom launched just a few years ago.

Perhaps you’re drawn to the idea of franchising as a way to restore some work/life balance and to spend more time with your family while still earning great money.

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You don’t need any sales or business management experience to make a Dream Doors showroom a success – all you need is £35,000, with the opportunity to borrow the remaining start-up requirements through bank funding, and the ability to follow a tried and tested business model.

Comprehensive training
New starters go through a comprehensive three-week training course after which they begin making sales and earning good money immediately.

Dream Doors’ dedicated business development managers help new franchisees set up their showroom and hold a grand opening which always generates great publicity.

Business development managers support Dream Doors’ franchisees throughout their trading lifecycles as do the company’s award-winning marketing and sales support departments.

So, with the potential to earn £150,000 a year, for modest start-up costs AND regaining control of your work/life balance as part of a market-leading brand – why wouldn’t you want to be part of Dream Doors’ success story?

There are just 19 new franchise territories available nationwide, particularly in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland.

We also have some highly lucrative showroom resale opportunities available following the early retirement of some very successful franchisees.

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Dream Doors’ £750,000 investment in training centre

December 24, 2018

Dream Doors, the kitchen makeover retailer, has invested £750,000 in a new state-of-the-art training centre, featuring a range of the company’s products alongside the latest appliances from brands Blanco, Franke, Karndean and Samsung.

Based in the grounds of the Grade II listed Cams Hall Estate in Fareham, Hampshire, Dream Doors said that this new facility was a major milestone in the company’s development, adding the infrastructure required to support 100 franchisees by the end of next year.

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Dream Doors was recently able to run its largest ever franchisee training course at the site, taking seven new business owners and their partners through a comprehensive three-week programme.

The company explains that new franchisees in training who won’t have had any previous kitchen industry experience learn how to deal with customers, how to find and recruit staff, how to survey kitchens and how to order parts.

Dream Doors says that its 84 existing franchisees will also benefit from the new centre, with continuous training and development undertaken at the site.

Ed Brewer, director of UK sales, said: “We offer industry leading and award-winning training and support. So investing in this new training centre is fitting for the size and status our company has grown to enjoy.

“It was high time to move into a state-of-the-art, purpose-built training centre. It lets us replicate what our business owners will have to do in customers’ homes in a controlled learning environment.

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“For existing franchisees, we will also be rolling out a series of workshops and courses designed to cater to those who are at a more advanced stage of their Dream Doors career. This is all part of our ethos of continual professional development.

“Dream Doors is continuously reinvesting in training and support for its new and existing franchisees. In short, while the training centre looks fantastic, it’s not there to be pretty, it’s to help all of our franchisees accelerate their businesses.”

Dream Doors has 19 remaining territories available in the UK and is particularly looking to recruit franchisees for the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland.

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